Wade Has Chosen – July 6
After spending 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade has decided to return home to Chicago and will be signing a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bulls, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Meetings With Wade Are Back On – July 6
Contrary to previous reports, Adrian Wojnarowski said that Dwyane Wade is set to conduct meetings with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, and Denver Nuggets; Heat “possible too now.”
The aging superstar is looking for a deal with an annual salary in the $20 million range, and Marc Stein reported that the Nuggets have offered a very lucrative two-year, $50 million deal to the three-time champion. Miami is still in the running, and they have also offered Wade a two-year contract but the financial details aren’t public.
Chicago is throwing Wade a curveball by offering him the only three-year deal — the third year, however, is just partially guaranteed.
Wade Reportedly Cancels Meetings – July 5
Dwyane Wade has spent his entire 13-year career with the Miami Heat, and the free agent is now the biggest name left in this summer’s pool since Kevin Durant announced he’ll be joining the Golden State Warriors, and LeBron James is almost certainly returning to the Cavaliers.
Although they’re not totally out of the race, the Miami Heat reportedly flummoxed their chances of re-signing a “frustrated” Wade after not putting up a satisfactory offer. Flash is looking for a ton of cash this offseason. With a Hall of Fame worthy resume and an inflated salary cap, the Heat’s cornerstone player is looking for a two-year deal with an annual pay of roughly $20 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Wade is still keeping his options open, but it was reported that the 12-time All-Star canceled his meetings with several NBA teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst. Another interesting piece to this story is the possibility of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James teaming up — but in Cleveland this time.
A tweet from Luxury Jets Group sparked a whole lot of rumors when they wished LeBron James, Dan Gilbert, and Dwyane Wade a happy Fourth of July. As much speculation as it’s causing, it should be taken with a grain of salt. It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for all three of them to have jets from the same company since they’ve achieved a high-level of financial success; it would also be hard to believe that James would want to share a plane ride with Dan Gilbert.
The 34-year-old Wade is coming off a season where he appeared in 74 games (the most since 2010-11) and averaged 19 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. The injury history should be taken into consideration, but Wade seemed refreshed after taking a slightly lesser role with the Heat last season.